Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals in April for NYC Kids

Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo courtesy of BBG
Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo courtesy of BBG

New York City's spring outdoor festival season kicks off this April with more than a dozen fun and mostly FREE fairs, festivals, parades, and carnivals. Of course, it helps that April not only brings showers - it also brings Easter, Earth Day and Arbor Day! Some annual Mommy Poppins favorites take place too, including Car-Free Earth Day, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival, the Queens County Farm Museum's Children's Carnival, and Staten Island's St. George Day celebration.

These events aren't just fun, they also foster community spirit by bringing folks together. Many fairs include old-fashioned games, eco-activities, homemade treats, and live performances. Here's your guide to the awesome NYC fairs, carnivals, and festivals happening for families this April.

Click through to our listings for all the details, including address, time, and recommended ages.

Places featured in this article:


Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden
Ice Theatre of NY: 2023 New Works and Young Artists Series
Riverbank State Park Ice Rink - 10:30 AM Pick
Family Skate + Play at Industry City
Industry City Courtyard - 4:00 PM Pick
Ice Theatre of NY Pop-Up Skating Concert
Wollman Rink, Central Park - 6:30 PM Pick
Governors Island Winter Village & Ice Skating Rink
Governors Island - various times Pick
SciSkate
New York Hall Of Science - 10:00 AM
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